Day: July 20, 2016

Jemima J


Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans
Author: Jane Green
373 Pages in Paperback

Published: June 6, 2000
Dates Read: Sept 20- Oct 11, 2011

My Rating: 2 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.

With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.

My review in 2011:

A coworker let me borrow the book. She enjoyed it. I liked the beginning and the very end. It’s the rest I have a problem with. With the author’s description of Jemima, I pictured her at over 350 pounds until the author reveals that she is about 5’7 and 217 pounds. That was a shocker! A real woman that size does not match the author’s description of the character. I also have a BIG problem with the way Jemima quickly lost the weight. It was not in a healthy way! It also seemed like a lot of the book dealt with outside appearances and not what’s on the inside, which is what actually matters.  This book is not recommended.

Career of Evil


Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)
Author: Robert Galbraith
498 pages in Kindle

Published: October 20, 2015
Dates Read: November 4- December 3, 2015

My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

My review in 2015:

This is the third Cormoran Strike novel. I have read all three.  I have grown attached to both Strike and Robin. These books are very good! I enjoy a good murder mystery, so I have enjoyed these books!

I liked that we got more background for both Strike and Robin. We finally know more about Robin. And that ending!?!?! What a cliffhanger!! I need the next book…NOW!!!!

I highly recommend this series and I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series!!